Innovation for Sustainable Sheep and Goat Production in Europe (iSAGE) is making the European Sheep and Goat sectors more sustainable, competitive and resilient. These improvements come from strong collaboration between industry and research institutions.
In this collaboration, industry is telling research institutions the challenges and opportunities in the sheep and goat sector in Europe. Together industry and research partners are thoroughly assessing the sustainability of the sector and developing strategies to respond to the identified challenges and opportunities.
iSAGE will assess the sustainability sheep and goat sector in Europe to future challenge such as climate change, food security, resource use efficiency and rural deprivation in marginal regions. Following the sustainability assessment, iSAGE will develop strategies to meet or prevent these challenges. Such strategies will include all levels of the industry including farmers, local populations, consumers, processors and retailers.
Industry and research working together will to ensure that relevant issues are addressed and the project outcomes are applicable in practice.
The project started on 1 March 2016 and will continue for 48 months.
iSAGE events in Toulouse: Modelling Workshop; 1st Project Review; WP Leaders & Industrial Partners Meeting; Visit to Project Farms
The iSAGE consortium recently held 4 meetings in Toulouse, France:
- Tuesday, 21st November: Modelling Workshop;
- Wednesday, 22nd November: EC Project Review;
- Thursday, 23rd November: WP Leaders & Industrial Partners Meeting;
- Friday 24th November: Visit to Farms involved in iSAGE activities.
In the framework of iSAGE work plan, ATAUNI recently applied an innovation in a Romanov sheep farm in Cerkezkoy, Istanbul. The introduced innovation tested the estrus synchronization protocol in a prolific sheep flock. […]
The workshop “Training on Reaction Norm Models” was held on the 4th and 5th April 2017 in Madrid, Spain, at Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA). This workshop was organized as part of the activities developed within iSAGE Task 5.1 “Animal phenotypes for resilience, adaptability and sustainability”. […]
Recently, iSAGE was promoted in a program broadcasted by Çiftçi TV, the most important TV channel for farmers in Turkey. […]
On the 22nd March 2017, a workshop titled “Individual data recording in sheep and goats farming in Spain” was held in Granada at Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ). The event saw the participation of all iSAGE Spanish partners (ASSAFE, INIA, IAMZ, OVIARAGON, ARDIEKIN, CABRA, AGRAMA, AESLA, CSIC). […]
In the framework of iSAGE WP4 activities, Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination (LAI) with frozen imported semen from Alpine and Saanen Goats was conducted in Cukurova University, Research and Application Farm. […]
On the last 20th of December, the French Livestock Institute (Institut de l’Elevage – IDELE) presented the results of its strategic reflection: IDELE 2025. […]
The deadline for sending contributions for the next Joint Seminar of the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Sheep and Goats, titled “Innovation for Sustainability in Sheep and Goats”, has been extended to 25 January 2017.
8th International Conference on Information & Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment
The Conference will take place from the 21st to the 24th of September, 2017, in Chania (Crete, Greece). The event is co-organized by the Hellenic Association for Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture, Food and Environment (HAICTA) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) in cooperation with several other Institutions: […]
Four workshops took place (between November 2015 and October 2016) at the initiative of Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, to explore current and future challenges of the EU sheep meat sector. […]
As part of the iSAGE project, focus groups will be conducted in Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the United Kingdom to explore consumers awareness, attitudes and preferences towards livestock-based food products (meat, dairy) as well as overall consumer acceptance of goat and sheep animal products. […]
As part of the iSAGE project, the Organic Research Centre (ORC) and the National Sheep Association (NSA) interviewed sheep and goat farmers in the UK to identify challenges and constraints they face, and the innovations that iSAGE should bring to the sector. […]
The iSAGE project sponsored 2 speakers at the 2016 International Conference on Goats; Jean-Marc Gautier and Carol Delaney. Their topic covered the Use of Precision Livestock Farming for Dairy Goats in France and Practical Measures to Increase Productivity for Goat Dairy Farms. Both presentations were very well received with lots of questions and follow up discussions at the coffee break. […]
One of the goals of Work Package (WP) 2, of the iSAGE project is to identify in greater depth geographic, demographic and other socio-economic variables and understand their impact on farmers and the whole supply chain of the whole sheep and goat production sector. […]